With Venom just having kicked off production the other day, it’s remained unclear on how the creative team will bring the hulking symbiotic-host to life on the big screen. You can let curiosity die, because word has arrived today via Andy Serkis that Eddie Brock’s antihero alias will be delivered through motion-capture technology. Serkis is no stranger to this new-age method of cinema, as the actor has portrayed CGI/live-action hybrids such as Gollum in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and more recently ape-leader Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films. Here’s a statement from Serkis:
The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting,” Serkis said. “Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in War For The Planet of the Apes – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing ‘The BFG,’ or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture. It all points up ‘what is the nature of acting?’ and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and make up, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.